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Future USNS Fall River delivered

Navy photograph The joint high speed vessel USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) completes acceptance trials testing and evaluations in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship’s trials included dockside testing to clear the ship for sea and at-sea trials during which the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated and demonstrated the performance of Fall River…

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NASA airborne campaigns focus on climate impacts in Arctic

University of Alaska-Fairbanks photograph by Chris Larsen Changes in more than 130 Alaskan glaciers are being surveyed by scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in a DHC-3 Otter as part of NASA’s multi-year Operation IceBridge Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory finds planet that makes star act deceptively old

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/M. Weiss A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits very closely act much older than it actually is. This artist’s illustration depicts WASP-18b and its star, which are about 330 light years away. A planet may be causing…

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Enhanced F-35 Lightning II logistics system delivered to flight test locations

Lockheed Martin has delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone, called the Autonomic Logistics Information System, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.


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HUD, VA, USICH announce 33 percent drop in veteran homelessness since 2010

Posted  August 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Aug. 26released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33…

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Tech

NASA awards research facilities, engineering support services contract

Posted  August 28, 2014

NASA has awarded a contract for research facilities and engineering support services to InuTeq, LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland, in support of the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. This cost-plus-award-fee contract covers a one-year base period beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and four one-year options, and is valued…

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Space

Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site

Posted  August 28, 2014

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those…

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Global Hawk variants safely surpass 100,000 combat/operational support hours

Posted  August 28, 2014

Two U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft systems in Northrop Grumman's high altitude long endurance series safely surpassed 100,000 combat/operational support hours.

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Devil Pups:

Posted  August 28, 2014

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Graduates of Devil Pup pose with accolades and certificates they received from Palmdale Mayor James Ledford and dignitaries during a recent council meeting. Over 51,000 teens have graduated the 10-day program at Camp Pendleton since 1954. Back row: Rio Duran, Claudia Castro, Joshua Mayen, Lin Robles, Devil Pups President Richard…

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F-15C crashes in mountains of Virginia

Posted  August 28, 2014

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia Aug. 27, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown. No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site ó located through its heavy smoke coming from…

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Air Force Museum to begin restoring massive Titan 4B rocket

Posted  August 28, 2014

Air Force photograph by Ken LaRock Visitors are able to see the Titan 4B during the Behind the Scenes Tours of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration hangars. The impressive Titan 4B, with roots going back to the early days of U.S. Air Force and civil space launch, is significant as the…

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Events

Upcoming events, September 2014

Posted  August 28, 2014

Sept. 6 – 34th Annual Telescope Making Contest, Quebec, Canada   Sept. 6 – British Interplanetary Society West Midlands Meeting, Droitwich, United Kingdom   Sept. 7 – Workshop on Using Radar Imagery for Meteorite Fall Detection and Recovery, Casablanca, Morocco   Sept. 7-11 – 10th International Congress on Extremophiles, St. Petersburg, Russia   Sep. 7-12…

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X-47B achieves new set of firsts aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Posted  August 28, 2014

Navy photograph The X-47B unmanned aircraft conducts its first night time deck handling and taxi tests Aug. 21 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after eight days…

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Business

International Aero Engines achieves certification of V2500Æ-E5 engine

Posted  August 28, 2014

IAE International Aero Engines AG has achieved Federal Aviation Administration certification of the V2500Æ-E5 engine for Embraer’s KC-390 aircraft. The KC-390′s launch customer is the Brazilian Air Force. “Achieving engine certification on schedule is a big win for the program,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “We have a high level…

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